Nottingham Forest’s spending problem


Amelia Mead

Del Val has a proud soccer culture, and Owen Keane dives into Nottingham Forest’s recent spending decisions.

Owen Keane, The Delphi Staff

Many praised Nottingham Forest for investing in its team’s transfer window this summer. That praise has quickly turned to judgment and scorn as they lose game after game and are last in the Premier League.

Nottingham Forest had recently been promoted to one of the toughest soccer leagues in the world, so Nottingham Forest spent a total of around 259 million dollars to acquire 22 new players.  To put that into perspective, that is the equivalent of buying 5,511 Model 3 Teslas at market value.

Signing 22 players, a Premier League record, means that even if the team uses every substitute, it will only be able to play 16 of those players.

Nottingham’s team is strong on paper, but upon closer look, it is Frankenstein’s monster with good players randomly bought and placed next to other random players.

The players have not been given enough time to adapt to the culture of the club or the manager’s ideas.

Another negative byproduct of signing too many players is applying tactics and formations that apply to all of the players while also staying balanced.

The Premier League is so advanced that a manager has to tailor the team’s tactics to perfectly match its competitors for each game.  These additional complications harm every choice that is made.

The mass signing of other players also instills doubt in the players themselves.  The club has essentially shown it would rather replace every single player than trusting the process.

This reckless signing of so many players should be used as a warning for other teams and their owners.